10/30/14 2:53pm
Mason Social at 728 South Henry Street in Alexandria, Virginia

Sources tell me, in addition to Sugar Shack Donuts and the Lost Dog Cafe, that another new restaurant is opening up in the burgeoning Braddock Road Metro area of Alexandria. The restaurant will be called Mason Social and will take over the former Esmerelda’s space at 728 N. Henry St in Alexandria.

I couldn’t find an SUP, administrative or otherwise on the property so, at this point, no specific date on opening. Sources say the new restaurant hopes to be open by the end of 2014.

You can find the new restaurant at this link (Coming Soon) and on Facebook at this link.

10/29/14 9:57am

For our morning links, while you slept, showered, shaved, and got your Starbucks, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.


10/28/14 1:24pm

Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31
“Poe in Alexandria” with actor David Keltz


Reserve your seat for “Poe in Alexandria” before they’re nevermore!

Join The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, for two unforgettable Halloween evenings with America’s earliest master of the macabre, Edgar Allen Poe!

Actor David Keltz returns to The Lyceum’s lecture hall to re-create Edgar Allen Poe’s visit to Virginia in 1849, shortly before his death. Individual works performed each year vary, but the program always includes a chilling story or two such as “The Black Cat,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” or “The Tell-Tale Heart,” along with well-known poems “The Raven” and “El Dorado.”

Mr. Kelz’s performance has been lauded by The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, The Poe Museum in Richmond, and the Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia.

The performance is this Thursday October 30 and Halloween, October 31, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.). The cost is $15 per person. Seating is limited, so advance purchase is highly recommended. Tickets are available by calling The Lyceum at 703-746-4994 or through the online shop.

10/28/14 1:02pm


Ryan Alley, a patent attorney and Alexandria resident, will appear on the game show Jeopardy! on Wednesday, October 29th. Jeopardy! airs weekdays at 7:30pm on WJLA-TV (ABC7).

Ryan auditioned for the show through an online test in January 2014 and received an invite for an in-person interview in Washington in May. He was then selected to appear on Jeopardy! in July. His show was taped in August on the Sony Pictures Studio lot in Culver City, California.

Ryan is a patent attorney who frequently practices before the USPTO in Alexandria. He holds a BS in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University and a JD from The George Washington University Law School. Ryan and his partner David Rigsby live in the Henry Condominium in the Braddock Metro neighborhood. David serves on the City of Alexandria’s Human Rights Commission.

10/28/14 12:36am

Be sure to follow the direction of Alexandria Police officers on Van Dorn while this accident is being cleaned up.

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